“Our 1 year Anniversary”
I’m not quite sure how to coin the one year mark. Anniversary’s are usually celebrating a happy occasion. I never thought about, until today, as I was reminiscing this past year’s events with Ari, what is was like for the Bnei Yisroel to celebrate their very first Pesach after Yitzias Mitzrayim. We always talk about the actual Geula, but never talk about what it must have been like for them ONE YEAR LATER. What was it like for them to celebrate 12 months later after they went from the lowest level to the highest with miracles beyond human comprehension.
Last night at 1:04 am was our one year mark that we saw the first indication that something may be wrong. Last night, and throughout the day today, we replayed minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, treatment by treatment, tear by tear, this past year.
“Remember when?” or “Where were you?” when this and this took place. For those of us old enough to remember 911, I remember like it was yesterday, where I was and what I was doing when it happened. It was hours and days of fear of not knowing what will be.
This Pesach my family relived “Seapur Yitzias Mitzrayim” (the story of the Redemption from Egypt) in a way like no other. We remembered the time, where we were, and what we did when Benny woke up with a bump on the side of his temple. To think an entire year has gone by, has been completed, is beyond comprehension. It has been a year full of Macos (plagues), a year full of incredible Nissim (miracles), a year full of incredible “gifts” – all the “merits” done on Binyomin Chaim ben Faigie Sarah’s behalf, a year full of new friendships to deep to put into words, a year of emotions I never knew existed, and a year of “appreciation” for everything and I mean everything, that Hashem has blessed us with in our lives up until this point and IY”H for years to come 120.
We now begin the counting process, the Sefiras Haomer. A time to slowly transition from the lowest level of Tuma to the greatest spiritual level man can reach. This past year, Benny has experienced one of the harshest cleansing treatments known to mankind. Now, B”H as we enter into this final phase of treatment, immuno therapy, we begin the rebuilding process. We begin to lay the foundation for Benny to grow and live a long and healthy life, full of Bracha for 120 years. Although, this treatment is difficult and at times painful, he continues to put his best foot forward, literally, by insisting on wearing his Shabbos shirts everyday and his dress pants, along with his Yalmuka 24/7.
Six weeks away, we will celebrate IY”H Shavous (the receiving of the Torah). This will be close to the end of Benny’s treatments B”H. Please join us along the next leg of our journey to help ease his pain. Let us help Refael Yoel Ozer ben Chaya Malka heal so he can go home IY”H. Let us help Elimelech ben Basya get thru his surgery after Pesach IY”H, followed by difficult treatments ahead.
There are 48 ways to achieve our greatest potential, to come to understand ourselves, and to reach our goals. This of course can only be done on an individual level – each one of us was created for a reason. We can find that reason without illness. The 48 Ways to Wisdom by Rav Noach Weinberg ZT”L is a program designed to find our meaning and purpose in life. Let us count together 48 more days, towards Matan Torah, and begin to prepare ourselves to reach our highest potential so that we will be worthy to finally celebrate together our Geula this Shavous.
There will be a daily post of the “48 Ways to Wisdom.” It should be a zechus for all the cholim in need and a be a tremendous merit for each and every one of you.
Have a wonderful Yom Tov!